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St. Paddy’s Day Tavern Tour to take place on Thursday, March 17


stpatricksaltonmarketplaceFrom Illinois Business Journal news services

ALTON – Alton Main Street is celebrating the Irish holiday in Downtown Alton with the St. Paddy’s Day Tavern Tour, the first of three festive holiday themed, bar-centric events.

Participants will travel to 10 Downtown Alton hotspots, with $10 tickets available at: Morrison’s Irish Pub, Big Muddy Pub, Bluff City Grill, Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge, Chez Marilyn, Elijah P’s, Ragin Cajun Piano Bar, Old Bakery Beer Company, The Firehouse Bar and 300 State.

On St. Patrick’s Day, participants can check in anytime after 4 p.m. at Bluff City Grill, 102 W. Ninth Street in Alton. Upon arrival, guests will select a fun accessory to complete their party attire and receive a passport that will direct them on the self-guided event.

The passport will list details for the various food and beverage specials, entertainment and giveaways being offered to participants. Participants can drop their passport with the bartender anytime before 10 p.m. after they’ve visited their stops for the evening.

Among prizes up for grabs will be a $100 gift certificate to any of the participating establishments and a basket of booze. Participants will be placed into the drawing one time for every establishment on the passport where they’ve made any purchase of food, merchandise, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.

“Everyone knows that Downtown Alton is always a great time, but on these special occasions it’s Alton Main Street’s job to take the party to the next level,” said Sara McGibany, executive director of Alton Main Street. AMS is planning a photo scavenger hunt as part of the events.

Alton’s Best Cabs will be offering free rides between participating bars during the event, as well as half-price cab rides to get attendees home safely at the end of the night; people only need to show a passport to the driver to redeem the discount.

The other remaining pub crawls in the series are Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, May 5, and an Independence Day themed event on Sunday, July 3. For details, visit the Events page of

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